I found this hotel to be quite nice as far as the rooms go. Clean, comfortable, and fresh. All the linens were fresh. Wifi was actually quite fast compared to other hotels I have stayed in recently. Bathroom was well appointed. Looks like this hotel has been redone in the past few years and it shows.
But - the restaurant - leaves a LOT to be desired. The following is my review from eating dinner there (which is also posted on Yelp):
The view is amazing, and it's convenient for Holiday Inn guests....but the food????
I'm pretty sure they are using the same food service as a diner I frequent back in Jersey. Let's start with the rolls - diamond shaped rolls which are supposed to be warmed. When warmed properly - the slightly sweet glaze on top adds flavor. These were barely warmed - leaving an ugly sticky pasty bumpy half glaze. Those rolls I've seen at my local diner in Jersey too. Exactly the same.
I ordered the Salmon with Teriyaki ginger sauce. Comes with salad so I opted for Caesar.
Caesar salad - about on par with an average caesar salad at any chain. Not great but not bad.
The salmon - grilled - but overcooked and dried out. But hey - a teriyaki sauce might help re-moisten it. Nope, not a chance. No teriyaki sauce was gonna help this. The teriyaki sauce was in a little cup on the side -not even over it at all. And - it was a salty teriyaki - very little sweet or ginger - and THIN. Like water thin. A nice thick glaze with some sweet would have helped a little. Nope, not a chance.
The veggies with the salmon? A carrot/broccoli/cauliflower mix. Overcooked too - broc was dark olive green - not bright green, carrots were mushy, and I don't like cauliflower. Get some fresh broc and steam and drizzle a little garlic butter glaze folks - it would have been a big improvement. This seemed like it would have been from a frozen bag and overdone.
Mashed potatoes. Parts hot, parts cold, I don't think they were freshly made but I could be wrong.
Service - was just fine. Greeter, server - courteous and pleasant and helpful.
Folks - if you're staying at the Holiday Inn - don't bother. Go have a drink in the lounge to soak in the view. For dinner - you could do better elsewhere. You see these other reviews on Yelp? That are bad? Please believe them. It's not good. Which is really a shame, because honestly - if it was GOOD - they'd attract way more than hotel guests and have a nice little gem here.
I also had the breakfast buffet. It's hard to mess that up. It was fine. Eggs good, toast fine, bacon good. But why even charge for a breakfast buffet when so many mid-range hotels provide it for free?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All the beauty, romance and adventure of Historic Charleston, South Carolina are located right outside the front doors of the Holiday Inn Charleston Riverview. On the banks of the Ashley River you are just minutes from Charleston with its many restaurants, shops and historic attractions. If you are looking for a day at the beach, we're only 10 minutes away from Folly Beach, Sullivan's Island, and the Isle of Palms. Join us atop the hotel in our HarborView Restaurant & Lounge for spectacular lowcountry cuisine, and breathtaking views of the Ashley River and the beautiful downtown skyline. The hotel is conveniently situated on Highway 17, with easy access to Charleston's popular destinations, such as: The Citadel, MUSC, the College of Charleston, Riverdogs Stadium, and of course the historic downtown area. Experience a Charleston landmark and true southern hospitality at the Holiday Inn Charleston Riverview. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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